Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan has called on residents as well as businesses to be more environmentally aware and conscientious about their waste.
Jordaan said he had noticed that many of the public areas are plagued with litter and pollution, owing to illegal dumping.
â€œI have met our waste management officials, and can assure our residents that we are doing everything we can to negate the results of illegal dumping.
â€œHowever, we will never win the war if people simply continue to dump their litter in the streets, despite our waste management officials doing everything they can to clean them,â€? Jordaan said.
Jordaan said he therefore called on all businesses, hawkers, commuters, taxi rank operators and the general public to take more pride in the Metro.
â€œThe communities that we live and work in, such as Korsten, belong to the people. It is your communal property to nurture, develop and keep clean. As the municipality, we will assist you in doing so, but all that we ask is that you deposit your litter in the public waste management bins and facilities that are provided by your municipality. We ask our businesses to make the necessary arrangements, either with private companies or with the Municipality, to have their refuse from their premises collected on a daily basis.â€?
Jordaan said the municipal waste management officials cleaned all public areas between 10pm and 2am every day from Monday to Friday.
â€œIf one visits Korsten for example at 2.30am, one will see that the streets are spotless. From 6am until 2.30pm, street sweepers are employed to sweep the streets and empty litter bins. However, the extent of those who disrespect the environment by littering and dumping overwhelms the municipal efforts in cleaning our streets,â€? Jordaan ended.
According to Metro Communications Director Roland Williams, they had prepared and approved a comprehensive strategy to eliminate illegal dumping. â€œOnce the strategy has been fully implemented, visible changes will be noticed,â€? said Williams